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Tech Tools That Have Transformed Learning With Dyslexia

Tech Tools That Have Transformed Learning With Dyslexia
Fifth-grade teacher Kyle Redford remembers with emotion the day she unwittingly put an iPad in the hands of one of her 10-year-old dyslexic students, a day she called “a complete game changer.” While the rest of the class was working in a writers workshop, she handed the student an iPad and told him to try and experiment with its speech-to-text feature. With minimal expectations, Redford figured that the newness and the boy’s curiosity would at least keep him busy during writing time, which he usually found frustrating. While Redford described the boy as “very bright,” he “couldn’t even compose a sentence to save his life” because of his dyslexia. Any classroom assignment having to do with writing made him moody. At first, it was difficult. “Some of my most brilliant kids in the class, put them on an iPad, and say, ‘Speak into this,’ ” she said. “I tell them, don’t ask this student to write something long, because he’s going to do a terrible job. The Rise of Technology Helpful Tech Tools Related:  InglésInclusion and LRP

Libraries and Autism: We're Connected 6 Truths About Technology in Education I recently had the opportunity to Keynote the University of Pennsylvania Literacy Network’s Winter Symposium. Penn Literacy Network founder Mort Botel (who was also a former President of the International Reading Association) wrote one of the most influential works in my teaching career, “The Plainer Truths of Teaching/Learning/Assessing Across the Curriculum“; and with his passing this past year, I hoped to honor him in this address by framing my talk around the Truths of Technology in Education. Truth #1 is the reason we educate students. It’s for their benefit. But, it only matters to our students when they own the learning. When we give students choice, allow for inquiry, and foster creativity–then we see the amazing things they can do. Truth #2 comes from a quote I first heard Tom Murray say on stage, “Every child in your class is someone else’s whole world.” Truth #3 is all about the story. Truth #6 is something all of us know who work in education. Awesome!

OSLA - Central Auditory Processing Auditory Processing can be understood as the link between the ears and the brain. Both children and adults can be affected by difficulties understanding what is heard, despite normal hearing and normal intelligence. This difficulty impacts the ability of the child or adult to function in everyday life. Our ears detect sound; the brain gives these sounds meaning An auditory processing disorder (APD) is a disruption of sound along the pathway from the ear to the brain, which interferes with understanding. The ears do not work alone to decipher incoming information- the brain has its own part to play. A Team of Professionals Must be Involved in the Diagnosis Signs of an Auditory Processing Disorder Who can be tested for APD? Almost any child aged 7 or older can be tested for APD. What will my child be expected to do? The tests for APD simply seek to discover what a child hears when sounds enter the auditory system. Therapy There is no “one size fits all” therapy approach. Next Steps

Six great special-education resources for parents and teachers These six websites provide a wealth of information, including vetted technology tools that can help special-needs students By Meris Stansbury, Online EditorRead more by Meris Stansbury May 11th, 2012 This list of six resources aims to help special-education stakeholders. According to some education stakeholders, it’s not always easy finding information on special education, especially when it comes to technology tools. From video reviews of the best special-education apps to advice on professional development in a special-ed classroom, and from Universal Design for Learning (UDL) tools to an index of instructional technology for varying special needs, we hope these resources (listed in alphabetical order) give you a good starting point for your questions and interest. 1. An index, and description, of assistive technology for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult, maybe even impossible. 2. 3.

Three Good Ways to Use All Those Pictures Students Take Take a look at almost any student's cell phone and you're bound to find hundreds or thousands of pictures and videos that they taken. As teachers we should put our students' picture-taking and video-taking habits to good use. There are three ways to utilize students' picture-taking habits in your classroom. Create a b-roll gallery. Create digital portfolios of physical work. Tell a story. Are you trying to get students to tell stories about themselves? Storehouse, Adobe Slate, Thematic, and Pic-Collage are all good options for telling stories with pictures.

As a teacher, what support can I get for using the devices my student brings to the classroom? | Australian Hearing Teachers are committed to educating and supporting their students. However, most teachers will be unfamiliar with the technology that a student with hearing loss brings to the classroom. Students with hearing loss need special support if they are to maximise hearing and achieve their academic potential. For all the technological advances of recent years, hearing aids and cochlear implants do not give ‘normal hearing’ to a student with hearing loss. Listening conditions have a much greater impact on a student with hearing loss than on other students. Clearly, listening conditions will rarely be this good in a classroom or other learning environment. However, there are solutions that minimise background noise and boost your student’s existing hearing devices. The following short videos dramatically demonstrate the difficulties for students with hearing loss and the impact of remote microphone (FM) technology: How does remote microphone technology work? Some helpful features

Books | Families and Adults/Resource Library General Information on Autism 41 Things to Know About Autism by Chantal Sicile-Kira Answering Autism from A to Z: an eBook by Karen J. Crystal Autism by Stuart Murray Autism Answer Book: More Than 300 of the Top Questions Parents Ask by William Stillman Autism: How Modern Psychiatry Fumbled the Origins of Mental Illness by Dan Agin, PhD Autism Aspergers: Solving the Relationship Puzzle--A New Developmental Program that Opens the Door to Lifelong Social and Emotional Growth by Steven E. Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Busting the Myths by Lynn Adams, PhD Autism: Advancing on the Spectrum: From Inclusion in School to Participation in Life by Melissa Niemann and Danuta Highet The Autism Book: Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions by S. The Autism Encyclopedia: 500+ Entries for Parents and Professionals by John T. Autism Journey Guide by Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z: Assessment, Diagnosis... & More! Autism Spectrum Realities by Gary W. Could It Be Autism?

An education for the 21st century means teaching coding in schools **The Edvocate is pleased to publish guest posts as way to fuel important conversations surrounding P-20 education in America. The opinions contained within guest posts are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of The Edvocate or Dr. Matthew Lynch Leon Sterling, Swinburne University of Technology Bill Shorten’s recent announcement that, if elected, a Labor Government would “ensure that computer coding is taught in every primary and secondary school in Australia” has brought attention to an increasing world trend. Estonia introduced coding in primary schools in 2012 and the UK followed suit last year. There is merit in school students learning coding. There is also a strong case to be made that Australia’s future prosperity will depend on delivering advanced services and digital technology, and that programming will be essential to this end. Being introduced to coding gives students an appreciation of what can be built with technology. Drag and drop

This Man Invented a Font to Help People With Dyslexia Read A new typeface is making life easier for people everywhere who live with dyslexia. Christian Boer, 33, is a Dutch graphic designer who created the font that makes reading easier for people, like himself, who have dyslexia, according to his website. Now, he’s offering it to people for free. The typeface is called “Dyslexie,” and Boer first developed it as a final thesis project when he was a student at the Utrecht Art Academy in the Netherlands. The font makes reading easier for people with dyslexia by varying the letter shapes more, making it harder to confuse similarly shaped letters like “b” and “d,” for example. Dyslexia is a language-based processing disorder resulting in a learning disability often characterized by difficulties with accurate word recognition, decoding and spelling, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Research suggests that about 17 percent of the population has dyslexia, according to PBS. We face disabilities and diseases together.

Sensory Processing Disorder Explained | SPD Foundation What Sensory Processing Disorder looks like Causes of Sensory Processing Disorder Emotional and other impacts of Sensory Processing Disorder How Sensory Processing Disorder is treated Sensory processing (sometimes called "sensory integration" or SI) is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. Whether you are biting into a hamburger, riding a bicycle, or reading a book, your successful completion of the activity requires processing sensation or "sensory integration." Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD, formerly known as "sensory integration dysfunction") is a condition that exists when sensory signals don't get organized into appropriate responses. One study (Ahn, Miller, Milberger, McIntosh, 2004) shows that at least 1 in 20 children’s daily lives is affected by SPD. What Sensory Processing Disorder looks like The causes of Sensory Processing Disorder "Is it something I did?"

User Generated Education | Education as it should be – passion-based. 5. Pre-assessment Ideas - Differentiation & LR Information for SAS Teachers “Assessment is today’s means of modifying tomorrow’s instruction.” Carol Ann Tomlinson Pre-assessment provides valuable information about what is already known about a topic and readiness to start new instruction. Here are some other pre-assessment methods to consider: Anticipation journals Drawing related to topic or contentGame activitiesGraphic organizersGuess BoxInformational surveys/Questionnaires/InventoriesInitiating activitiesJournalsPicture InterpretationPortfolio analysisPredictionQuestioning (consider using Costa's Levels of Questioning - an AVID technique)Self-evaluationsShow of hands to determine understandingStandardized test informationStudent demonstrations and discussionsStudent interviewsStudent products and work samplesTeacher observation/checklistsTeacher prepared testsWriting prompts/samples

Teacher to Teacher ADHD Training | CHADD Teacher to Teacher is a day-long workshop that helps educators identify common ADHD-related learning problems and proven classroom techniques, interventions, and the latest research to enhance school success for students with ADHD. As a classroom teacher, this interactive training allows you to discuss solutions to common academic and behavioral problems in a case-based format. ADHD is a real neurobiological disorder that affects 8% to 12% of school-aged children of all demographics in the U.S. In today’s learning environment, teachers must balance the needs of their class while helping students with ADHD learn effectively. If you are one of those teachers, then Teacher to Teacher Training on ADHD is right for you.. The Content From theory to practice you will learn evidence-based interventions to manage every aspect of ADHD in the classroom, including: Continuing Education Credits